This is the first major critical edition of Locke’s enquiry into the foundations of Christianity. Locke maintains that the essentials of the faith. John Locke said that the Word is through Jesus Christ. This is reasonable to He never taught that Christianity can be found by human reasoning. This does not. The Reasonableness of Christianity, as Delivered in the Scriptures. John Locke. Sold by Johnson and Co. And D. Eaton ().
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The Works of Johh Locke, vol. 6 (The Reasonableness of Christianity) – Online Library of Liberty
For the gentiles neither did, nor thought reasonablsness, the judicial or ceremonial institutions of Moses ; twas only the moral part their consciences were concerned in. How ever, the name of king being suggested against Jesus, he thought himself concerned to search it to the bot tom, John xviii. This preserved him from being condemned as a malefactor; and procured him a testimony from the Roman governor, his judge, that he was an innocent man, sacrificed to the envy of the jewish nation.
This shows, chrietianity paradise was a place of bliss, as well as immorta lity ; without drudgery, and without sorrow.
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And for the same reason, he yet, here again, forbids the apostles to say that he was the Messiah, ver. So when the Samaritans were ” come unto him, they besought him, that he would ” tarry with them: If after all they say, christiamity Matter had this motion by Chanceand so was neither from itself or any other, they talk more absurdly and wildly than christianigy for Chance is a Word made to signify only the unexpected happening of a thingbut doth not import that there was no Cause or Author at all of it.
If upon a fair and un prejudiced examination, thou findest I have mistaken the sense and tenour of the Gospel, I beseech thee, as a true Christian, in the spirit of the Gospel, which is that of charity, and in the words of sobriety, set me right, in the doctrine of salvation.
They had no such proposals made to them: If thou be the Messiah, tell us plainly.
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This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarly Editions Online – explore trustworthy, annotated texts of writing worth reading. See as well Appendix K of The Bible: His kingdom was to be opened to them by degrees, as well to prepare them to receive it, as to enable him to be long enough amongst them, to perform what was the work of the Messiah to be done; and fulfil all reasonbleness several parts of what was foretold of him in off Old Testament, and we see applied to him in the New.
Every one may observe a great many truths which he receives at first from others, and readily assents to, as consonant to reason, which he would have found it hard, and perhaps, beyond his strength to have discovered himself.
In the same sense the apostle seems to use the word image in other places, viz. Then said the jews among 62 The Reasonableness of Christianity” themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not ” find him? And therefore, though all die in Adam, yet none are truly punished, but for their own deeds.
We can suspect that such men might conduct themselves quite differently today.
This though a clear description of the Messiah, yet we may observe, that chrisrianity, to the angry jews, who sought to kill him, he says not a word of his kingdom, nor so much as names the Messiah; but yet that he is the Son of God, and sent from God, he refers them to the testimony of John the Baptist; to the testimony of his own miracles, and reasonab,eness God himself in the voice from heaven, and of the scriptures, and of Moses.
That this made him cautious, and avoid, as much as he could, the occasions of provoking them and falling into their hands, is plain from John vii. We have from reasonablenesx a full and sufficient rule for our direction, and conformable to that of reason. This we may read, Matt. This he tells them, ver.
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Hence we see that reasonspeaking never so clearly to the wise and virtuous, had ever authority enough to prevail on the multitude, and to persuade the societies of men, that there was but one Godthat alone was to loce owned and worshipped. God sent the prophets to call us back to himself, to show us our need for redemption. For this was that alone, which, three sabbaths, Paul endeavoured to convince them of, as christlanity text tells us in direct words.
Or if I jon ask where the Messiah is reaslnableness be born, and what state he should come in; how he should appear, and other things that you think in me are not reconcileable with the Messiah; you will not answer me, nor let me go, as one that has no pretence to be the Messiah, and you are not afraid should be received for such.
If he had gone about preaching to the multitude, which he drew after him, that he was the ” Messiah, the king of Israel,” and this had been evidenced to Pilate ; God could indeed, by a superna oc influence upon his mind, have made Pilate pro nounce him innocent, and not condemn him as a male factor, who had openly for three years together, preached 86 The Reasonableness of Christianity, sedition to the people, and endeavoured to persuade them, that he was ” the Messiah, their king-,” of the royal blood of David, come to deliver them.
This concealment of himself christiqnity seem strange, in one who was come to bring light into the world, and was to suffer death for the testimony of the truth. So that all that was to be believed for justification, was no more but this single proposition, that ” Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ, or the Mes- ” siah.
With these eleven, whom he was just now leaving, he has a long discourse, to comfort them for the loss of him; and to prepare them for the persecution of the Edition: Abler men, of higher births or thoughts, would hardly have been hindered from whispering, at least to their friends and relations, that their master was the Messiah ; and that, though he concealed himself to a fit opportunity, and until things were ripe for it, yet they should, ere long, see him break out of his obscurity, cast off the cloud, and declare himself, as he was, Ring of Israel.
And he tells his disciples, that when he comes again with his angels, in the glory of his Father, that then he will render to every one according to his works, Matt. And what it was he preached concerning Jesus, we may know by the pro fession of faith the eunuch made, upon which he was admitted to baptism, ver.
Christ on earth was Redeemer and Teacher, not King. For ” whosoever hath, to christianitt shall be given, and he shall ” have more abundantly ; but whosoever hath not,” i. But who the King was of this kingdom, he leaves to his miracles to point out, to those who would consider what he did, and make christianith right use of it now ; or to witness to those who should hearken to the apostles hereafter when they preached it in plain words, and called upon them to believe it, after his resurrection, when there should be no longer room to fear, that it should cause any disturbance in civil societies, and the governments of the world.
Hobbes, like Locke after him, had recognized the intellectual if not also the temperamental limitations of most citizens—and so he advocated that the dutiful citizen should routinely take his lead, in religious matters, from his acknowledged earthly ruler, someone who can call for guidance upon the best minds of the realm.